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    EMA Lays out Plans for Companion Diagnostic Guideline

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released a concept paper for public consultation outlining issues it plans to address in an upcoming guideline on the challenges in developing companion diagnostics for personalized medicines. Specifically, EMA says its guideline will address the development of companion diagnostics for precision medicines in the clinical development and post-approval phases, and will include a glossary defining terms used in the guideline as...
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    Conditional Approvals for Early Access to New Medications

    This article provides insight into Conditional Approvals (CAs) and Conditional Marketing Approvals (CMAs) as developed across several jurisdictions to potentially provide earlier access to new medicines. The author explains the specifics regarding regulatory requirements for obtaining CAs in the European Union (EU), Japan and the US. Introduction Before a medicinal product for human use is authorized to enter the market, it must undergo extensive study to ensure its s...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Commission Begins Investigation Into Cancer Drug Prices (18 May 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. European Commission Starts Formal Investigation into Aspen’s Cancer Drug Pricing The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into the way Aspen Pharma priced five cancer drugs. Officials began the probe after receiving reports indicating Aspen had imposed “very significant and unjustified price increases” on five off-patent cancer medicines it acquired ...
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    CBER Director Focuses on Flexibility to Advance Regenerative Medicines

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Thursday said his office is equipped to support the development of cutting edge treatments, such as cell and gene therapies. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference, Marks said the 21st Century Cures Act added tools to FDA's regulatory arsenal, including the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to provi...
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    Humacyte Receives First of FDA’s Regenerative Medicine Designations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday offered one of its first Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designations to Humacyte’s investigational human acellular vessel (HAV) Humacyl. “Being one of the first companies to receive the Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy Designation from the FDA is an honor and a testament to the significant potential for Humacyl to address a great unmet medical need for patients who are undergoing dialysis,” Ca...
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    PMDA Head Talks Priorities for 'Rational Medicine'

    The head of Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Tatsuya Kondo, on Thursday released a paper discussing his vision for a patient-centric, regulatory science-driven and evidence-based system for medicine in Japan. "'Rational Medicine' is the idea that a patient-centric system should be created—a system under which optimal medical care from the patient's point of view, which is based on the latest scientific knowledge, is provided—from the perinatal t...
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    FDA Begins Accepting Regenerative Therapy Applications for RAT Designation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled a new designation category created as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to allow drugs to be eligible for designation as a regenerative advanced therapy (RAT). The stipulations for such a RAT designation include: “The drug is a regenerative medicine therapy, which is defined as a cell therapy, therapeutic tissue engineering product, human cell and tissue product, or any combination product using such the...
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    International Medical Device Regulatory Update: News and Views From San Jose

    Several sessions at the 2016 RAPS Regulatory Convergence, held in San Jose, California in September, focused on medical device regulations and regulatory changes worldwide. These included: FDA's establishment of a national evaluation system for medical devices, China's agreement to give imported medical devices the same treatment as those manufactured or developed domestically, Japan's reduced review time for medical devices over six years, Asia/Pacific's expected medica...
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    Senate Overwhelmingly Passes 21st Century Cures Act Despite Patient Safety Concerns

    The Senate on Wednesday passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. President Barack Obama praised the bipartisan efforts and said he will sign the bill. The bill’s path to success, following the House’s positive vote last week, took a unique route, with the House also passing a previous iteration back in July 2015, and then the Senate trying to craft its own package of bills, which stalled and looked to be dead as recently as September. The wide-ranging, nea...
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    Illumina, Genentech and BIO Weigh in on FDA Draft Guidance on Companion Diagnostics

    The six public comments on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on companion diagnostics were mostly positive, with Genentech calling the draft “crucial for the advancement of personalized medicine,” while Illumina said it was “worth the wait,” though all commenters expressed interest in more clarity from FDA. Background The long-awaited draft guidance, released in July , was in the works for more than a decade and is meant to be a practical guid...
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    FDA, EMA Officials: Regulators Must Adapt to Effectively Regulate Precision Medicine

    In order to effectively regulate precision medicine, regulators must adapt to alternative methods of evidence generation, say top officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), as well as the former chair of the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The call is made in a commentary published in Nature Reviews: Drug Discovery on Friday by former MHRA Chair Alasdair Breckenridge, EMA Senior Medical O...
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    For Developers of New Genome Sequencing Analytical Tools, FDA Launches ‘App-a-Thon’

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday launched what it’s calling an “App-a-Thon,” inviting software developers to get together and add next-generation sequencing (NGS) software apps to the precisionFDA app library. The challenge, which closes 28 October 2016, is looking to engage the NGS community in the development of new genome sequencing analytical tools for use on precisionFDA, which is an online research portal for NGS assay evaluation and regul...